03 August 2020

Need something beautiful and amazing? Here you go!

Check out the blooms on this cactus! Beauty for just one day but WOW - what a sight!

Photo courtesy of Ken Wilcox. 

22 July 2020

As close as it gets ~ July 23! Comet NEOWISE just 64 million miles away....

If you are interested in the night sky, THIS IS THE TIME TO LOOK UP! Comet NEOWISE makes its closest approach to Earth now -- July 23 -- and will be just 64 million miles away.

Want to see it for yourself but don't know where to look? CLICK HERE

Photo of NEOWISE over the Catalinas courtesy of Dr TIm Hunter. 

11 July 2020

Thriving Pod ~

Local Tucson artist Joe Pagac painted this striking whale family at the corner of Campbell and Grant (site of the old Bookmans that was torn down). He was trying to convey a sense of thriving under difficult circumstances -- pretty important now, wouldn't you agree?
#tucsonmurals    #joepagac

05 July 2020

Imperious and Terrifying and Plain old Annoyed ~


Viewing these magnificent owls from left to right I think that the one furthest left looks like it is wearing an elegant clock thrown around its shoulders. The middle owl gets the prize for "Best Terrifying Stare" and the one on the right...? Well, looks like it gets the "Best Grumpy Face" award. What do you think?
Photo courtesy of George Goldman. 

02 July 2020

Tucson Rocks On!

My neighbors have long been painting inspirational rocks and placing them around the area on walls, in trees and gardens, and within the pocket parks. COVID-19 seemingly has prompted even more rocks to be placed to create a little moment of surprise and joy for anyone who spots one. In just the last week I have found these seven: "Believe," "Smile," "Love," "Kind," "Heart," "Polka Dots" and perhaps the most clever one of all - PIZZA SLICE! And one by one I am placing them for others to find. :)

25 June 2020

21 June 2020

Tucson's Bighorn Fire continues to burn. Here is a striking photo by a local planetary scientist who captured rising Saturn (center) and Jupiter (above and to the right of Saturn). Scroll to the smaller photo to see these.
Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Kargel. 

17 June 2020

Toxic Toad!

Now that the firefighters are making real progress containing the Tucson Bighorn Fire we have another (smaller) issue closer to home. The deadly Colorado/Sonora River Toad has made its appearance in the front yard under the A/C drip pipe.

Dogs can be poisoned (FATALLY POISONED) from the toxins that this toad emits. Here's a help link for info from a vet: http://rollinghillspetclinic.com/blog/2699-rainy-day-doggy-dangers-the-colorado-river-toad

11 June 2020

Tucson is Burning ~

Tucson is battling an immense fire right now - the Bighorn Fire. Friends of mine have just been evacuated from their home in the Foothills.
Photo courtesy of Larry Lebofsky.

09 June 2020

Shocking Sign of the Times ~

Tucson's iconic Arizona Inn is shuttered for the first time since 1971 as a result of COVID 19. The Inn has been part of the Tucson community for 89 years and to see it boarded up is very sad. A recent news article said that they hoped to reopen in May but they are still closed with an uncertain date for reopening.  

06 June 2020

Our enchanting neighborhood!

Imagine the delight to round the corner and find this lovely fairy tale sight! Here is Hana and her two sweet and engaging daughters taking lovely mare Cree for a ride. Hana says Cree's name is Gaelic for "heart" and I THINK she said the spelling is Chroi but I just spelled it phoenetically. What a fun encounter! I love it that every day there can be a wonderful surprise....

03 June 2020

AMAZING hummer nest!

This enterprising hummingbird mom built her nest on a string of patio lights! Now everyone knows how tiny those lights are so now you know how tiny the nests are! Wonderful!
Photo courtesy of Mark Sykes. 

29 May 2020

Hello, world!

The smallest of the small! Here is a tiny fledgling hummingbird who has been making its first forays from the nest and exploring my front yard. 

27 May 2020

Take a break ~

This pretty tiled bench is on one of the walking paths in my neighborhood. It is a very inviting place to stop for a little rest! 

22 May 2020

Feeling stressed out?

For several weeks local artists have been painting cheerful rocks with lovely images and inspiring messages that are left all around the neighborhood. These little rock "treasures" are meant to be seen, enjoyed, and moved to another location for another lucky pedestrian to spot.

This painted rock is quite different - it is stress personified! Are you feeling stressed too? Take a breath and just hold on. Things will improve! We just don't know exactly when! 

19 May 2020

25 Scientists, Thousands of Experiments

A walk on the University of Arizona's mall reveals many pieces of interesting public art. Here is a portion of George Greenamyer's steel sculpture, "25 Scientists" at the entrance to the Henry Koffler Building.
Photo courtesy of Susan Dodson

13 May 2020

Some Magical Local Color ~

There are so many artists in my neighborhood! The sidewalks are covered with butterflies, bees, dragon flies, flowers....   It lifts my spirits when I see this beauty every day! 

02 May 2020

Inspiring Imagery ~

Local Tucson artist Lalo Cota painted this powerful and vibrant mural to celebrate life (breath!). You can view it on Oracle Road near Prince Road. This mural and a few others were sponsored by Banner Health. Read a little more about Lalo here

30 April 2020

Where are YOU from?

Some of my neighbors have started a "Where are you from?" billboard on the sidewalk in front of their house. This is fun! We have residents from as far away as Jeddah! 

17 April 2020

In living color!~

WOW - this bee and flower are so vivid! Amazing sharp detail! (And yes our Tucson sky really is that blue!) It's heartening to see that local bees are keeping busy....
Photo courtesy of George Goldman. 

10 April 2020

Sign of the Times ~

HA! Even our cacti are complying with the health protocols!
Photo courtesy of Sue Dodson. 

08 April 2020

Just humming along!

A beautiful hummingbird taking a sweet sip in my garden. I have a "4-B" garden - butterflies, bees, birds (especially hummingbirds), and bugs (ladybugs, among others). Lovely! 

05 April 2020

In other news...

While we all wonder how long our Shelter In Place situation will be in effect, there are many other things to ponder right now. Here, for example, are some gorgeous crocuses that are blooming in Needham, Massachusetts. What rich, vibrant colors! Beautiful! WOW!
Photo courtesy of Kathy Rice. 

03 April 2020

Some Community Humor

Someone in my neighborhood created this tableau of wooden mannequins who are NOT practicing social distancing! FUN! The sign says "Unity Community." Remember - we're all waiting this out together! Stay calm, stay kind. 

24 March 2020

A bee being a bee ~

These are strange and unsettling times for sure. Here is a little beauty for you and I hope it offers you some comfort, too, that even when the human world is crazy there is still some regular routines in nature that we can observe and enjoy.  Here is a bee doing its thing. How are you coping? Stay well! 

08 February 2020

05 February 2020

Catalysts for Change ~

Each year the UA College of Science presents an engaging and thought provoking lecture series. The theme of this year's program is "Catalysts for Change." The lectures are held in Centennial Hall and they are FREE to the public. Arrive early because the hall fills up quckly! Click here for info on the upcoming lectures. See you there! 

26 January 2020

Welcome!

This great sign on Oracle near Miracle Mile welcomes visitors and it reminds me of the wonderful signs of times past when Route 66 was a thriving vacation route. 

23 January 2020

Always look for the blue sky!

We've been having lots of stormy weather this week - rain and cold temperatures. At first glance this photo might appear to be a black and white composition but look carefully and you'll see a tiny patch of blue breaking through the clouds. Beautiful! 

14 January 2020

Golden Glow ~

I love the way the sunlight reflects on the cactus spines! Beautiful!

Photo courtesy of George Goldman.

02 January 2020

Santa convention?

After living at the North Pole and then flying around the world in one night, I can see why they want to just hang out in the warm Arizona sun! :)    For those of you who are NOT in Arizona let me tell you what is really going on.... some homeowners dress up their cactus for Christmas. (And some homeowners claim the Santa hats protect their cactus from freezing.)   HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Photo courtesy of George Goldman.